The landscape of the NFC West is changing.
Trade AND deal: Colts trade first-round pick (13th overall) to 49ers for All-Pro DT DeForest Buckner, who already has agreed to a massive contract that pays him $21 million a year and makes him the second-highest paid DT in NFL history behind only Aaron Donald, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
The Colts immediately extended Buckner to the second richest defensive contract in NFL history at $21 million a season, being only surpassed by Aaron Donald.
While the 49ers also extended Arik Armstead today for five years and $85 million, they arguably lost the best player on an impressive defense trading away Buckner.
While the duo of Armstead and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa is formidable, it is not quite as imposing as when Buckner is in there.
That’s what happens when you have to pay everyone, someone inevitably gets squeezed out.